Monday, February 28, 2011

Giveaway Monday: Large "Spring Tea Party" Pixie Posy

Every once in awhile, something comes together that defies even my expectations for it and I get so excited about it I jump up and down because it's so fun. (yes, I am easily excitable and the smallest things sometimes thrill me :)) Last week, it was this:
I loved how the soft spring colors combined with the dark brown and the bright green in this year's "spring posy" that just sort of accidentally happened when I started playing around with my yarn basket last week. This is the flower that sort of coordinates with "everything" and looks great on anyone! I'm no professional photographer and the conditions weren't ideal (toddler didn't want to be still or look at the camera!), but I thought Nora looked really cute in it when we went to visit a butterfly garden last week. :)
So, this week's giveaway is for one Large Spring Tea Party Pixie Posy, as shown. Here's how you enter:
1. COMMENT, either here or on my Facebook page; please leave your email so I can contact you if you win. :)
2. SHARE with your friends via Twitter, email, blogs, your own Facebook page about My Little Pixies and this giveaway.
3. Check back WEDNESDAY morning, when I will post the winner of the posy on this blog (due to Facebook regulations, I have to run the giveaway officially on the blog instead of on Facebook).

Friday, February 25, 2011

This Is Me

Today feels like sort of a milestone- and as my mother says, I'm a person who finds significance in milestones (don't even ask me about my birthday this year!) This morning I made my 1000th sale on my Etsy site- something I would never have thought was possible a year ago! I've been thinking all day about all the many events and people that have contributed to making this milestone a reality, and I feel like telling whatever little audience I have "out there" a little bit of my story.

My name's Elizabeth, but most of my friends call me EB- it's a nickname I've had since childhood, and it's too much a part of me now to shake it. This is my family: my amazing husband Brad, who's a local OB/GYN in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area (if you're looking for a great doc, check out his Facebook page! side note: MY idea! :)); and our girls.
This is Carolyn, my 4-and-a-half year old. She's a determined, empathetic, artistic little girl with a great imagination and some of the best hugs around. She hates wearing any hair accessories except headbands- so I try to keep her stocked up in the simple, small (preferably PINK) headbands she likes. :)
And here's Nora- our just-barely-two-year-old. Bright, vivacious, and very TWO. Loves her Lovey (in the picture :)) and pretty much has to try out everything I make- because I've gotta have at least one kid willing to be my model!
I got started making hair clips a couple of years ago when Nora was little and the wonderful gal who used to make them for me took a break for awhile... I couldn't find anyone else to make bows the way I wanted them, so I just started to try and do it myself- and that was the beginning. It wasn't long before I started stockpiling ribbon and revisiting my old crochet skills... soon I had more drive to create than I had need for my creations! So I decided to try and see if I could sell them.

In the spring of last year I opened "Itty Bitty Clippies," my first Etsy shop. I "met" some really wonderful people in my first couple months in business and was so encouraged to keep going, keep creating, keep improving. By June I knew that I wanted to see how far I could take the bow business, and had found out that another person had an established business called Itty Bitty Clippy. So I needed a new name.

I settled on My Little Pixies because I wanted a name that was at the same time reflective of my children, while keeping the door open for the possibility that we might someday have other children. Our family jokes that our kids are the "pixie children." Their cousins are all so much bigger than they are!! We laugh that our girls were born with bird bones because they're so light. So I loved how "pixies" seemed to describe my kids. And I loved how the word seemed also representative of my "style:" cute, sweet, subtle, fairylike. So my sister suggested My Little Pixies, and that's how we found the name.

When I look back to a year ago, I have to shake my head to think how different my life is now than I imagined it would be then. A year ago, I had just decided that I would step away from my white-coat job as a pharmacist at a local retailer to stay home with my children (Brad's schedule just got too difficult to juggle with a retail pharmacy schedule). I never planned to really start a business on the side. Honestly, I thought by this time I'd be barefoot and pregnant again! But, it's too cold to be barefoot... and as far as being pregnant again... that's a prayer I'm still waiting on an answer for. :)

I'm a Christian, a deep believer in the providence and goodness of God. I don't really understand why He didn't answer the prayer I'd prayed in the way I thought He would- but He has answered the prayer I never thought to pray. He has blessed this business- not through any real talent I have that others don't- but just because of grace- because He knew I'd love it. The more I started to give freedom to my creative side, I found that a whole other part of me had always been lurking behind my "chemistry-nerd" exterior! I never would have envisioned myself as an artist... but maybe there's a little bit of the artist, the creator in all of us- perhaps the part of us that reflects our own Creator (feel free to ignore me if this offends you :))

And so here I am- many lessons learned in the past year- many more to learn as I continue to grow as an artist, a parent, and a person. I'm so happy that so many have joined me on this journey. It is so fun to feel like I am able to touch others with a little bit of this stuff that brings me so much joy. So happy 1000, My Little Pixies! :)

*Thank you Kasey at POSH Photography for the wonderful family pics!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

WINNER Announced: Pair of Baby Posh Posy Clips

Congratulations to entry #7, "Princess Mia," this week's randomly selected winner! You win a pair of baby posh posy clips in your choice of colors! 
Thanks, everyone for playing! I'll have a new giveaway posted next Monday morning, so stay tuned! If you're interested in a set of these posy clips yourself, follow this link to the listing in my Etsy shop! :) If you have suggestions for future giveaways, please leave them in the comments! I'm looking for ideas! :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Your Choice of TWO Baby Posh Posy Clips

This week I'm launching a newly updated listing for my Baby Posh Posy Clips. These clips are light and small and designed to stay in even the finest of baby or toddler hair!
I've updated the listing to include fifteen pre-set color choices for easier gift giving: hot pink, white, bright blue, purple, peach/coral, brown, cream, black, yellow, royal blue, pink, sage, rose pink, red and silver are now available- or you can customize to your own requests. 


Above are closeups of the different color choices available. Below, you can see some more pictures of sweet babes wearing these baby posh posies!
Perfect photo prop!
They even work in newborn hair!

SOOO... if you want to WIN a set of TWO Baby Posh Posy Clips, here's how:
1. COMMENT, either here or on my Facebook page (please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win).
2. SHARE for an extra entry- by posting about My Little Pixies or this giveaway on your own Facebook page, blog or Twitter account, and be sure to let me know you shared so I can give you an extra entry!
3. CHECK BACK on Wednesday morning, when I will post the winner of the giveaway on my blog!

Good luck!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Easter Eggs Posh Posy Winner Announced

Congratulations to Entry #24, Nina Dizon Chang, who has won this week's giveaway for the Easter Eggs Posh Posy clip!
If anyone is interested in how I select the winner each week, I take all the entries from each source- first from the blog, and then from comments I receive on Facebook. People who share get two entries. Each entry gets a number. After everyone is numbered, I use to select a random number, and that number corresponds to the winner! Interestingly enough, I've never had two people win twice in a row- but it isn't impossible, so even if you've won before, you have an equal chance to win again! So keep playing along, everyone. I enjoy doing this with you! :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Monday Giveaway: Easter Eggs Posh Posy!

This week's giveaway is for one of those sort of "lucky accidents." A friend asked me to create a flower for her daughter's birthday, and I came up with this. It didn't end up matching the little girl's dress so I had to use a lighter pink for that particular assignment, but I simply fell in love with it! And so did many other people apparently because I've sold quite a few of these clips in the past couple weeks! So the Easter Eggs Posh Posy is the subject of this week's giveaway. You can go to the official listing on Etsy to read the description, but here's the picture:
If you want to win it, here's how:
1. COMMENT, either here or on the post on my Facebook page. If you comment on the blog, please leave an email address so I know where to find you if you win!
2. SHARE, if you'd like an extra entry- via email, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, however. Tell people about the giveaway and My Little Pixies! This helps me so much to build my business and brings even more people into the fun community of creativity. :) When you share, TELL me that you did, either here on Facebook so you get credit for it.

Watch the blog on Wednesday morning (Feb 16) when I will announce this week's winner. :)

FYI, I'm overhauling my Facebook fan page today, updating and streamlining all the photo albums, so the giveaway post might get hidden behind everything else I'm doing. But it'll be there, or you are welcome to just comment here. You don't have to sign in to Blogger or anything to comment! Thanks!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

WINNER! Valentine's Heart Clip

Congratulations, Erika Lynds! You are this week's winner of this Valentine's heart clip! :)
Happy heart day! :) Thanks everyone for participating! :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Valentine's Giveaway!

This week's giveaway is for this beautiful felt "candy hearts" clip. Looks great with any Valentine's outfit, and is versatile enough to wear even when the holiday's over! :) Entries for the giveaway are accepted today until Wednesday morning, and I will ship this item the same day, if possible, as the giveaway, so the winner should have it in time for V-day! :)

Here's how you enter:
1. Leave a COMMENT either here or on my Facebook page. That's how I track entries. If you comment here, please leave your email address so I know how to contact you if you win!
2. Earn EXTRA entries by sharing with your friends. Use blogs, Twitter, your own FB page, whatever. When you share, please let me know that you did, so I can give you an extra entry! :)

Wednesday morning, a random winner will be selected (basically I number all the entries, including the extras, and use to choose a number and whoever has that number becomes the winner!) and I will announce it here, and link to the announcement from my facebook page.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

TODAY only! Exclusive Discount!

It's a bit of a blizzard around here... we're sorta snowed in, so just for fun I'm running a special TODAY only! Input the code blizzard into your shopping cart on my Etsy site for 10% off any order, plus, I will refund shipping charges for any order over $10! :) Happy snow day! :)

WINNER announced for Dimensional Felt Flower Headband or Clip

Congratulations to this week's winner, entry #10 from Karen! You've won your choice of a this dimensional felt flower headband or the equivalent clip! I will also send you confirmation via email of your win!
Thanks for playing, everyone. Links are as follows for the pieces as listed in my shop:
-Pink and white Headband
-Pink and white alligator clip